I am a die hard The Walking Dead fan. I have never missed an episode and I’ve seen every episode several times (with the exception of the current season).
I’ve enjoyed zombie-related things long before zombies were trendy.
My first introduction to zombies was Dawn of the Dead (1978). I was 10 years old. Since then I have always been fascinated (and entertained) by zombie films.
I was very excited to hear about a spin-off from The Walking Dead. Called Fear the Walking Dead, the new series explores a different location and a different set of people during the same time as The Walking Dead. In fact, Fear the Walking Dead starts at the onset of the zombie apocalypse where as The Walking Dead picks up a few months after zombies started to talk over the planet.
Fear the Walking Dead focuses on a couple – Madison Clark and Travis Manawa. They are both teachers in Los Angeles and both have teenage children. Madison has a daughter, Alicia, who is a bit rebellious and a drug addict son name Nick. Travis has one son, Chris, with his ex-wife Ofelia.
As if trying to get their blended family to work out (Madison and Travis are dating – they are not married), they soon are faced with trying to survive against a deadly outbreak that is turning people into the walking dead (aka – zombies).
The series starts off giving us a bit of background as to what life was life before the outbreak. It slowly advances to a full fledged out break and the families trying to find safety in order to survive.
One top of simply trying to survive, Madison has to deal with her son Nick’s drug addiction (she needs to supply him with drugs or he’ll go through a serious withdrawal) and the animosity between her and Travis’ ex-wife. Their blended family gives the true meaning to dysfunctional.
Who will survive and who will succumb to the ravenous undead? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Fear the Walking Dead, now available where most Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.
There are only six episodes in the first season, so the run time is only about 5 hours (give or take).
There are some bonus features worth checking out including A Look At the Series and Inside the Characters of Fear The Walking Dead.
I will admit that the series did disappoint me. It’s made by the same people who bring us The Walking Dead. I expected the new series to but up to the same level. It’s not.
Fear the Walking Dead does go a bit too slow for my tastes. However towards the series end the story started to pick up a bit and there were more “walkers” reaping havoc. That is why I have not given up on this series yet. It just started to get good when the first season ended. I’m looking forward to the new season, which should be starting soon.
If you are looking for something more like the hit series, The Walking Dead, the new series has not lived up to that standard – yet. However I do appreciate some background as to how and why the undead started to roam the Earth. It’s a good starting point. And as I mentioned before, the series started to get more interesting with each passing episode.
This series is also a good “starter” if you are interested in The Walking Dead but don’t have the nerve to watch it yet. There are zombies in Fear the Walking Dead, but not nearly as many. Fear the Walking Dead focuses more on the people – not the zombies.
Have you seen Fear the Walking Dead? If so, what do you think about the series? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.